Malabar Super Spice was founded in 1982, in Burlington, Ontario,
although Malabar’s history actually began long before that when
Claude Cieslik came to Canada from Germany, where he trained and
worked as a sausage maker. Initially, upon arrival in Canada,
Claude opened a small delicatessen in Hamilton.
As many other new delicatessens opened, the need for meat
processing equipment and supplies increased. Claude recognized the
opportunity to start Canada’s first meat processing supply company.
He sold his delicatessen, and opened Modern Butcher Supply &
Service Company in Hamilton, Ontario. Claude was committed to
service and quality, and successfully built his sales to serve
customers across Canada.
I founded Malabar Super Spice in response to ongoing customer
requests for spices, ingredients and casings. As my father sold
equipment, the next customer request was for supplies and
seasonings and so Malabar Super Spice was born.